What will I study?
You will study the following modules:
Applied Research Skills and Research Project in a relevant field
This module provides a basic understanding of the nature of enquiry, developing your ability to access and analyse information.
A large part of the module will involve analysing and interpreting existing data from various fields of research. You will also be introduced to the theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods and will explore other research methodologies.
Academic content will be accompanied by skills-based and example-led teaching. You will make relevant enquiries into your topic of interest and follow up the enquiry with an independent research project in term three.
|Contemporary World Issues
The module takes a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary world issues and you will be introduced to the concepts and vocabulary that underlie the study of the social sciences in general.
Among current questions for examination are: the basic approaches towards change and transformation; globalisation; political systems; democratisation; approaches to development; terrorism; regionalisation; and the growth of supranational organisations.
|English Language and Communication Skills
Develop English skills to the level required for postgraduate study at UEA.
Relating to your chosen pathway, you will improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as academic abilities in written work, delivering presentations and debating.
International Political Economy
The module in International Political Economy introduces you to the interplay of wealth and power and approaches to the dynamics of the global economy.
This module looks at the evolution of the global economy as well as how to engage with the principal theories of global economics.
Key issues that you will explore are: economic globalisation; global inequalities; international trade and the division of labour; debt; and development.
This module exposes you to the foundations and major concepts of global economics as preparation for postgraduate studies in political, social and international studies, as well as in international development.
|Social and Cultural Studies
This module provides you with the basic tools for the understanding and analysis of societies.
You are exposed to issues relevant to modern societies and will become aware of the key factors and influences that shape and, indeed, are shaped by society.
The module also takes a global approach, introducing you to the academic skills of social scientists, and exposing you to sociological theories.
This module also addresses issues of importance to the understanding of societies, including social divisions, families, work, the media, crime and the concepts of knowledge and power, both political and social.
Interactive lectures from experienced academic faculty, as well as professionals from industry, will be followed by a seminar to discuss topics raised during the lectures.
Seminars follow a workshop style, where discussion and presentation are used to prepare you for postgraduate study.
Here you will debate and analyse current issues in the area of politics, society and international development, led by academics and practitioners who have worked in and alongside various international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Department for International development.
Student-led workshops will also improve group leadership and presentation skills in preparation for your chosen career.
You will benefit from an introduction to the application of research skills as preparation for postgraduate studies and dissertations.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is a combination of formal examinations and assessed coursework. You will have to carry out an independent research project, which will be assessed by the final written version as well as an accompanying presentation.
Your English language and pathway subject process will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework, including:
- written assignment
- practical exercises
- group and individual
- research projects
- problem-solving exercises
Grades from the International Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree programme.